Location: Northwest of Albuquerque in the Rio Puerco drainage, west of Highway 44
Elevation Range: 5,980-7,786 feet
BLM Acreage: 8,159 acres
The Cabezon WSA is located in the northwestern part of the New Mexico and consists of a large volcanic plug—a steep-sided symmetrical neck of volcanic rock. At an elevation of 7,785 feet, this is the largest of a series of volcanic plugs in this area and is one of the most well-known landmarks in northwest New Mexico. This peak is a favorite among climbers. Basic mountain climbing experience and proper gear, inlcuding a helmet, are needed, but most will not choose to use a rope on the common route. A successful climb to the summit will reward you with an expansive view of the Rio Puerco Valley.
From Highway 550, approximately 18 miles north of San Ysidro, turn west on County Road 279. At 8.5 miles, County Road 279 passes through the village of San Luis and the road turns to dirt. Continue approximately 4 miles and turn south on BLM Road 1114. Follow BLM 1114 south for 2.9 miles to a dirt route that leads east to a trailhead parking area. An unmaintained trail leads from the parking area to the base of the mountain on its east side.
This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance and may be impassible when muddy conditions exist. Please note that conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montano NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107